There’s a worldwide shortage of garden gnomes due to the popularity of gardening during the lockdown, compounded by the blockage of the Suez Canal. Did you know how many of those ships steaming up the canal are loaded to the gunwales with gnomes? And the popularity of the gnome has spread to “a different clientele”, so the gnome-loving hoi polloi have to fight off the aristocrats who’ve just woken up to their charm.
All the more reason for Gert to hold onto Robbie Flower, her forty-year old garden gnome named after a Melbourne football player, who lives indoors so the weather won’t ruin his colours.
Another effect of lockdown has been the theft of cats. There’s been a 12.3% rise in cat theft in Britain in the past year. Some people say, though, that cats may be deciding to move out because they don’t like their houses cluttered up with humans all day long.